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Chef Franklin Becker of New York’s Brasserie Restaurant Donates Prize Money to Autism Speaks

Franklin Becker, executive chef at Brasserie in New York City, walked away the big winner at the Foxwoods Celebrity Chef Charity Poker Tournament, which took place during the Second Annual Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, on September 16. Becker’s first place purse of $15,000 will be donated to Autism Speaks. 

Ming Tsai, chef and co-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass., came in second place, winning $10,000 for the Cam Neely Foundation in Boston and David Rabin, owner of NYC’s club Lotus, won third place, donating $5,000 to New York Cares and The Innocence Project. 

There was no stopping Becker, who knocked off Chefs David Burke (New York-based davidburke & donatella), Harold Dieterle (Top Chef, Season 2) and Michael Schlow (Boston-based Radius) early in the game with his straight flush to the jack.

“I knew I was in good shape when I was dealt that straight flush,” said Becker.

“It was great to be a part of this year’s Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and even better to be able to participate in this poker tournament for charity. I will have to come back and defend my title as the reigning champ next year!”

Becker is also the executive co-chair for “Autism Speaks to Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala” taking place on October 24 at Capitale in New York’s Chinatown.

He will be one of over 60 renowned chefs taking part in this inaugural event where celebrated chefs will cook four-course tasting menus tableside for the evening’s lucky guests, each of whom will be seated, in essence, at “the chef’s table.”

Other culinary luminaries include Andrew Carmellini, Wylie Dufresne, Eric Ripert, David Waltuck and Geoffrey Zakarian. View a complete list of participating chefs below.

For more information, please contact Cindy Brown at (914) 935-1462ext. 11 or via email at

Autism Speaks To Wall Street: A Celebrity Chef Gala

Confirmed Chef List 

Tony Aiazzi
– Executive Chef, Aureole
Christian Albin – Executive Chef, The Four Seasons
Julian Alonzo – Executive Chef, Brasserie 8 1/2
Dan Barber – Chef and Owner, Blue Hill
Franklin Becker – Executive Chef, Brasserie
Brian Bistrong – Chef, The Harrison
Jimmy Botsacos – Executive Chef and Owner, Molyvos
Terrance Brennan – Chef/Proprietor, Picholine & Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
Joey Campanaro – Chef and Owner, Little Owl
Andrew Carmellini – Chef and Owner, A Voce
David Carmichael – Pastry Chef, Gilt
Cesare Casella – Chef and Owner, Maremma
Cory Colton – Executive Pastry Chef, Quality Meats
Franck Deletrain – Executive Chef, Café Centro
Karen DeMasco – Pastry Chef, Craft
Shaun Doty – Executive Chef and Owner, Shaun’s
Wylie Dufresne – Executive Chef and Owner, WD-50
Larry Forgione – Executive Chef and Co-owner, An American Place
Michael Gabriel – Pastry Chef, Sea Grill
Shea Gallante – Executive Chef, Cru
Jose Garces – Chef and Co-owner, Tinto
Michael Ginor – President, Hudson Valley Foie Gras
Will Goldfarb – Chef and Owner,Room 4 Dessert
Alexandra Guarnaschelli – Executive Chef, Butter
Craig Hopson – Executive Chef,One if By Land, Two if By Sea
Martin Howard – Pastry Chef,Brasserie 8 1/2
Nicole Kaplan – Pastry Chef, Del Posto Ristorante
Craig Koketsu – Executive Chef, Park Avenue Summer
Michael Laiskonis – Pastry Chef, Le Bernardin
Ken Larsen – Pastry Chef, Brasserie
Christopher Lee – Executive Chef, Gilt
John Lee – Pastry Chef, Marseilles
Patrick Lemble – Pastry Chef, The Four Seasons
Paul Liebrandt – Executive Chef and Owner, Restaurant Liebrandt
Scott Lindquist – Executive Chef, Dos Caminos
Waldy Malouf – Chef and Owner, Beacon
Sam Mason – Pastry Chef, Tailor
James McDevitt – Executive Chef, Four Food Studio
George Mendes – Chef
Fred Mero – Chef de Cuisine, The Four Seasons
Tory Miller – Executive Chef, L’Etoile
Seamus Mullen – Executive Chef, Boqueria and Suba
Michel Nischan – Executive Chef and Owner, Dressing Room – A Homegrown Restaurant
Pichet Ong – Chef and Owner, P*Ong
Ken Oringer – Executive Chef and Owner, Clio
Francois Payard – Chef and Owner, Payard
Zakary Pelaccio – Executive Chef and Owner, 5 Ninth
Michael Psilakis – Chef and Co-Owner, Anthos
Deborah Racicot – Pastry Chef, Gotham Bar and Grill
Eric Ripert – Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Le Bernardin
April Robinson
 – Pastry Chef, A Voce
Aaron Sanchez – Chef and Co-Owner, Centrico
Guenter Seeger – Chef
Ivy Stark – Executive Chef, Amalia
Noriyuki Sugie – Executive Chef, Asiate
Lon Symensma – Executive Chef, Buddakan
Bradford Thompson – Chef
Toshio Tomita – Head Sushi Chef, Nobu
Sue Torres – Chef and Owner, Sueños
David Waltuck – Executive Chef and Owner, Chanterelle
Damon Wise – Corporate Executive Chef, Craft
Eric Woods – Executive Chef, Blue Fin
Patricia Yeo – Executive Chef and Partner, Monkey Bar
Geoffrey Zakarian – Executive Chef and Owner, Town


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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